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Stay in La Côte-Saint-André / Isère

Isère, a region to be discovered from the Hotel de France in La Côte-Saint-André

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Charming commune of Isère, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region north-west of Grenoble, La Côte-Saint-André is an emblematic town on the Bièvre plain.

Renowned for its Berlioz Festival, which celebrates the composer born here, it also boasts many other heritage and architectural treasures at the gateway to an exceptional natural environment with the Vercors Regional Nature Park only 39 km away.

Among the buildings not to be missed, listed as Historic Monuments, are the 11th century Romanesque church of Saint-André, the late 13th century medieval market hall which still hosts the weekly Thursday market, the so-called Louis XI castle on the heights of the town and the 19th century Château des Croisettes.

But the 19th-century Saint-Camille church, the remains of the Bonnevaux abbey, a Cistercian abbey dating from the early 12th century, as well as the 16th-century Hôtel de Bocsozel and, of course, the house where Hector Berlioz was born, which has been converted into a museum, are also worth a visit.

Don't hesitate to stroll through the narrow streets of the old town centre, where the picturesque 16th century houses are wonderful.

The immediate surroundings are not lacking in interest, from the Bièvre-Valloire plain to Lake Paladru, 21 km away, which offers a beautiful stretch of natural water ideal for water sports activities, ideal for families. A few ideas to fill up on discoveries:

Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval: A masterpiece of outsider art (24 km) - The pretty village of Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye known for its abbey church (24 km) - The archaeological site of the ancient Gallo-Roman city of Saint-Romain-en-Gal (34 km) - The Walibi Rhônes-Alpes Park (35 km) - The picturesque village of Pont-en-Royans with its houses hanging over the Bourne river which flows at their feet (38 km) - The superb site of the Gorges de la Bourne in the heart of the Vercors (39 km)

image Hector Berlioz Museum

Hector Berlioz Museum

image Allivet Park

Allivet Park